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English definition of “scavenge”

scavenge

verb [I/T]  /ˈskæv·əndʒ/ us  
to search for and collect unwanted food or objects, or of animals or birds to feed on decaying flesh: [T] We scavenged a table and chairs someone had thrown out. [I] The crows scavenged on the dead carcass.
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